It is hard to get excited after looking at Sterling Infrastructure’s (NASDAQ:STRL) recent performance, when its stock has declined 17% over the past three months. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. Specifically, we decided to study Sterling Infrastructure’s ROE in this article.
ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company’s shareholders.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Sterling Infrastructure is:
21% = US$121m ÷ US$585m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).
The ‘return’ refers to a company’s earnings over the last year. So, this means that for every $1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of $0.21.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or “retains”, and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.
A Side By Side comparison of Sterling Infrastructure’s Earnings Growth And 21% ROE
To start with, Sterling Infrastructure’s ROE looks acceptable. Further, the company’s ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 11%. This certainly adds some context to Sterling Infrastructure’s exceptional 31% net income growth seen over the past five years. We believe that there might also be other aspects that are positively influencing the company’s earnings growth. Such as – high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.
We then compared Sterling Infrastructure’s net income growth with the industry and we’re pleased to see that the company’s growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 19% in the same 5-year period.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. What is STRL worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether STRL is currently mispriced by the market.
Is Sterling Infrastructure Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Sterling Infrastructure doesn’t pay any dividend to its shareholders, meaning that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This is likely what’s driving the high earnings growth number discussed above.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Sterling Infrastructure’s performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company’s fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst’s forecasts page for the company.
What are the risks and opportunities for Sterling Infrastructure?
Price-To-Earnings ratio (16.7x) is below the Construction industry average (22.3x)
Earnings are forecast to grow 14.77% per year
Earnings grew by 37.7% over the past year
No risks detected for STRL from our risks checks.
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